Friday, August 11, 2017

Clinique Even Better Glow™

Happy Friday! It's been awhile! Work is busy and I've been happy just going to the gym and hanging out after a full day at the office. But I had to pop in because I found the best new foundation, and there's really not much better than finding that perfect shade and putting an end to the relentless experimentation.

The Even Better Glow™ display caught my eye when I passed the Clinique counter at Southdale the other day, returning a bottle of OUAI spray (I thought this new-gen wave spray would be different, but I didn't care for the sticky feel and haphazard look; and since my hair already has texture and wave, it seemed pretty unnecessary). The moisturizing oil-free formula has luminizing pigments to create natural radiance—and promises that over time, skin glows on its own thanks to brightening vitamin C. Sign. Me. Up. I love knowing that something I wear every day is helping it long-term, not hurting it. Clinique has always been a favorite of mine because of its skin care focus and whenever I stray from the brand I wonder why—my skin just loves it. (Plus, $28 is way easier to swallow than super prestige brands like $47 NARS.) I've only been using this for two days, but was instantly obsessed. It makes my skin visibly dewy and feels light, natural and healthy (if you're super oily, this is probably too dewy for you). I'm wearing Cream Chamois—the best part is that the color blends in so well with my natural skin tone. With 30 shades, you're sure to find your best fit, too. Clinique is offering free 10-day samples right now, so swing by this weekend and try some!

Quick life update: last weekend, Chris and I visited my grandma in the U.P. with my mom. We stayed on Fortune Lake, a really beautiful chain of lakes—the kind where trees jut up right from the rocky shore and you can see straight to the sandy bottom—and I made it through my first round of golf at the Iron River Country Club. I have today off and we're heading up to Moose Lake to camp with  friends for a few nights; I'm excited to try these low country boil packets. Even though this post is about makeup, it'll be nice to go without for a few days, hang out around a fire and just relax. Hope you have a good one! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

City Guide: Girls' Night Out

WELL, it felt good to get back into normal clothes yesterday after Sunday's "octogenarian" bash! I'm all for a theme party—and bingo—but I'll pass forever on the double-wide, elastic-waist shorts (pants?) I pulled off a Goodwill rack to wear to the occasion. Skinny jeans have never felt better! 

Today's post is a little different! Bea, who blogs at ExploreMPLS, is sharing five fun spots for your next girls' night. Having good girlfriends is so important, and I love that her ideas prioritize that relationship. I had never heard of Gyst (which has been open for over two years, where have I been?) until reading her recs and had to try a wine flight for myself at the quaint fermentation bar right off Eat Street (see below! Lol to my friend Jackie quietly admiring the spread in the last photo. We were kind of dying over the butcher block tables, Olivia Pope wine glasses—even the glowy, pinkish light pouring into the windows). Scroll for all of Bea's picks. And cheers to girlfriends.

Wedge & Wheel | Stillwater
Go for the cheese. 

This cute cheese shop curates the best cheeses and meats of the moment—a great way to try new flavors you might otherwise skip over. I recommend the Big Board to share as a meal. My favorite part is you can buy and bring home anything you like.

Lynhall | Lynlake
Go for the community. 

With long tables and high ceilings, this welcoming and charming spot has a modern cafeteria feel. Walking in for the first time, I was immediately greeted by a server who explained how to order. Some of my favorites are the Steamed Bun, Beet Farro Salad and French Silk Pie. 

Lab Mpls | Loring Park
Go to get your hands dirty. 

This requires some planning ahead because you need to purchase tickets and some classes sell out fast! My sister and I did the Cocktail Lab for my birthday and it was so fun! We learned how to make 3 different kinds of cocktails and the supplies were set up in the most Instagram-worthy way. 

Café Lurcat | Loring Park
Go for the ambiance. 

This is one of the prettiest restaurants in the city—I love it because I feel like I'm in a different city. In the summer the patio is filled with white furniture and umbrellas and twinkling lights in the evening. My favorites on the menu are the Pot Roast, the Apple, Cheese & Chive Salad, and—of course—the Cinnamon Sugar Donuts. 

Gyst | Eat Street 
Go for the wine flights. 

With Kombucha on tap and a drink called Brine & Soda, there is something new to try every time. I tried a sparkling wine flight, the Motherboard and Grilled Cheese and all were delicious—plus, they serve extra bread so you don't have to ration your bites! They also focus on sustainable farming, which is just one more thing to love.

Thanks, Bea! 

Friday, July 21, 2017

3 Wedding Guest Dresses

Shockingly, Chris and I only have two fall weddings to attend this year, which is just fine because summer is flying by fast enough without every weekend pre-booked. Still, I thought it would be fun to create a few wedding guest looks since it is the season for ceremonies! Even if you aren't RSVPing "yes," having one or two cocktail dresses for unexpected occasions (a nice dinner, a baby shower) is a good plan. Like having wine on hand for spontaneous guests, it's refreshing not to have to race to the mall every time an event pops up.

We're sticking around Minneapolis this weekend for the first time since June! We're going to a friend's surprise party at a brewery tonight, possibly hitting the driving range tomorrow to put my golf lessons to the test, and doing a meat raffle and bingo at a couple of dive bars for another birthday on Sunday—the theme is "Midwestern Octogenarian" (cringe face). Hope you have a great weekend! 

Sunglasses | Studs | Nail Polish in Splish Splash


Clutch | Hoops | Nail Polish in Madame

Friday, July 14, 2017

My Summer Playlist

Happy Friday! I'm feeling the relief in a different way this week. I really like my job—but working at a smaller company has its pains. Processes are mushy, roles are blurry. I came home last night and just cried. The cure for a rough week? Good music and fun clothes. I've been blasting my summer playlist as I work from home today and it's definitely helping. (Lots of Francis and the Lights—we saw them in March and it was so.good.—and new Haim. Scroll down to listen!) And I bought this lavender peplum top before all the drama went down, but it's still cheering me up to know I get to wear it this weekend. The color is to-die. We'll be up north-ish again for Chris's family's annual summer Lake Day and I plan to pull it out for the birthday party happening on Saturday. I'll be posting pics and stories so follow the fun on Instagram!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Trend Alert: Yellow

Yellow is a tricky color to pull off, but it's all the rage right now so I'm giving it a shot! I don't really have a favorite color—maybe poppy or chartreuse or cerulean—but I remember it being yellow at one point because the walls of my childhood bedroom were a soft buttery chiffon with flowers sprouting up from the molding. One thing's for sure, it makes you feel seriously sunshine-y, and there's no better way to feel in the summer.

I scoured my favorite sites to find the most flattering ways to wear the trendy color and decided on this citrusy one-shoulder top. I'd pair it with light-wash jeans and a straw hat for a typical summer Saturday in the city—running to the farmers' market in the morning (which I have yet to do WHERE is July going?!), grabbing lunch and shopping in Wayzata, and hanging at a few breweries back in Minneapolis. It'd be great for Rock the Garden and the Walker Wide Open party (happening tonight!), too—are you going? Also, these sandals are a celeb fave (and 30% off!), and a large leather tote is my next splurge purchase—perfect for work and weekends!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Statement Earrings + Tees 3 Ways

What day is it? Does anyone even know? The holiday falling in the middle of this week is totally throwing me off. After hanging on the North Shore last weekend (and bringing home a zillion mosquito bites), we spent Monday through Wednesday in Big Lake for the Fourth. Thursday was a chance to hit the gym, eat some veggies and relax before we head to a friend's cabin this afternoon. In addition to all the snacks and all the bug spray, here's what I'm packing!

It feels like overkill to wear anything dressier than shorts and tees at the lake, but throwing on a pair of statement earrings is a quick way to give a casual outfit some flair if you go out for dinner or just want to turn it up a bit after spending all day in a swimsuit. Until recently I wore delicate gold jewelry pretty much exclusively, but I've really been getting back into oversized danglers and hoops, especially when paired with easy tees like these—the contrast is really fun and feels effortlessly glam. I'll be pulling out this little trick for weekends at the cabin and hot days in the city all summer long.

Friday, June 30, 2017


We made it! Happy Friday! I hope you have some fun plans ahead for the Fourth! It's actually my favorite holiday—with how busy summer can be (it is shocking that tomorrow is July), it's nice to have a dedicated day to slow down, hang at the lake and watch some fireworks.

Before you totally tune out in favor of stars, stripes and sparklers, I had to post a PSA about jackets. I'm not sure how I missed the memo on these cute outfit completers, but I really hadn't thought much about jackets as a fashion piece (or thought I needed a selection) until this spring. I was at a wedding in Chicago in April (read: chilly and rainy). My Rent the Runway dress didn't fit (awesome) and my sister assured me that my destructed denim jacket was highly inappropriate for the The University of Chicago chapel. I felt so unprepared and uncomfortable throughout the ceremony and reception, and really couldn't believe that I didn't have a lightweight, tailored jacket to toss over an easy shift for that kind of occasion.

Never again. I'm course-correcting with this adorable persimmon swing jacket. It's the chic way to stay warm after the sun sets at summer weddings and elevates your jeans, shorts and skirts for work and nights out. I wore it to dinner at St. G's on Saturday and felt SO put together. Click through below to see more jackets I'm adding to my collection (first up: floral, camo, classic chambray) and have an amazing Fourth of July!! xo

My jacket is 50% OFF with code SPARKLER! 

Snakeskin Sandals (old, J.Crew. similar here and here)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

June Wish List

Happy Tuesday! I'm already halfway out the door for the long weekend, anyone else?! It's been pretty quiet at the office with the upcoming holiday, and some fun evening plans on the calendar are making it hard to get in (and stay in) work mode.

Last night I had dinner with a college friend who was in town for business. It was a beautiful night to catch up on the 6Smith rooftop overlooking Lake Minnetonka. The plans are similar tonight—it's our last golf lesson so we're celebrating our new pro status (note the sarcasm) with drinks at Maynard's, another fun waterfront spot. I like living near the city, but I have to admit there's a lot to love about the western suburbs.

I'm sharing my latest wish list today which coincidentally includes red, white and blue if you're still looking for a fun outfit for the Fourth! I cannot stop buying feminine tops with ruffles and bows. Cannot. Stop. These are all perfect for date night, and I love the drama of this one for an engagement party (it looks more expensive than $118, don't you think?). 

I'm also really into jumpsuits right now as an alternative to dresses—especially Rebecca Taylor's white denim overalls after seeing Mickey wear a similar pair in an episode of LOVE I streamed this week. 

If you're grilling every chance you get, these embroidered cutoffs would be super cute with all the graphic tees I've been stocking up on. LOVE this pretty blue one from Club Petanque™. (A simple pavé ring adds a touch of glam to a barefoot-in-the-backyard-sipping-Bud-Light situation. Cheers!)

Shoes are a quick way to summer-ize any look, and I've been eyeing these happy pom pom gladiators and striped espadrilles to put some (seasonal) pep in my step. I also like to lighten up this time of year with a no-fuss clutch, and this one's camel and pink combo would look great through the fall.

The lens popped out of my cheapo Target wayfarers during the Tour de Lucé, so I'm desperate for new sunglasses before we head up north! I love the Madewell x Surfrider's spruce frames, and your purchase helps protect oceans and beaches. Picking them up over my lunch break today—they'll make my Patagonia pullover feel a lot less granola while hiking and hangin' around Grand Marais. 3 more days! 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

3 Must-Have One-Piece Swimsuits

I've been considering adding a one-piece swimsuit to my lake day lineup since last summer, but hadn't found a style persuasive enough to make me go there until this week. Leave it to J.Crew to nail the look and convince me that the one-piece is very much happening. All three of these styles have an irresistibly sweet and playful quality, and I love how they make swimwear more of a look, encouraging me to accessorize and "outfit" them the same way I would style clothes. Going to the lake just got more fun! 

Today feels like it should be Friday, doesn't it? We have a busy weekend ahead, starting with our end-of-season kickball tournament, an overnight visit from my mom and a belated Father's Day BBQ for Chris's dad. I can't believe our trip to the North Shore is already next week! Chris already has our itinerary plotted out in Excel (classic), but I'd love to hear your recs for what not to miss. Have a great weekend! 

Shop all SWIM at J.CREW. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Summer Pace

What's your morning routine? Chris wakes up early and drinks a strawberry smoothie while watching SportsCenter. Never snoozes. Mornings are harder for me (snooze city), but with the earlier summer sunrises I've started going for a quick 30-45 minute walk after rolling out of bed. I make coffee before I leave, it's ready when I get back, refreshed, and I let myself enjoy a cup and watch GMA before jumping in the shower. Because it's something I would do on the weekends, it makes week days feel a bit more "mine" before I head to the office—actually, a bit like vacation—and that first alarm is starting to sting a little less. It also leaves evenings free for rosé. All about balance over here. 

This wasn't a rosé night, but hot dogs and Coronas are right up there. The biggest downfall of our apartment is not having a balcony, so after work on Monday Chris and I headed to the lake to get our grill fix (Chris diligently chopped pickles and onions for relish and adorably packed the cooler and for some reason I can't get over it) and we ended up catching this gorge sunset—such a great change of pace for a Monday. It's not Porto, but it's pretty freaking good. Hope you're having a great week! 

P.S. This maxi skirt is so great (and on sale for $40). It's kind of the equivalent of joggers—dresses up or down and is all about comfort. Also, stretchy and light. Thinking about wearing it with this embroidered peplum top and these slides for dinner on Saturday night. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Embroidered Blouse

Like eyelet and linen, embroidery makes me feel super light and summery. I wanted to add one great embroidered blouse to my wardrobe this season and I didn't hesitate when I saw this one—it has a modern crop (but not so short that it shows skin), gently ruffled sleeves, and a perfectly happy palette of sky blue, coral, peach, yellow and green. A few swipes of geranium lipstick and lace-up heels give the boho vibes a modern edge for everyday life in Minneapolis (I wore it to work earlier this week). But it would be great with cutoffs (and a colada) on vacation, and I'd even wear it with a fitted black maxi and black wedges for something different and unexpected. Try a clutch (I like this, this and this) for just a touch of the embroidery trend.

Hope you have an uber relaxing, total zone-out kind of weekend full of sunshine, fish tacos and pretty embroidered blouses (I could use one!). It's supposed to be a little gloomy here, so I hope to get caught up on laundry and workouts and maybe get my summer Sea Salt fix or finally try Milkjam for a fancy scoop! See ya next week!

Madewell Blouse | Ann Taylor Jeans 
Denim Heels: Sam Edelman (similar here & here)
Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Tell Laura

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tee Time

Do you golf? I've always wanted to learn—like riding a bike, it seems like one of those life skills I should have a grasp on. I don't have any grand aspirations (though it would be a pleasant surprise if I'm good!). I just want to be able to function through 9 holes. I've read golf is a fading pastime for my generation, so maybe twenty years from now couples and groups of girlfriends my age won't be hitting a round before going out to dinner, but I'd still like to be prepared for that scenario (ha). 

A couple of months ago, I ran into a former co-worker at a wine tasting who said she was signing up for a beginners' class at Glen Lake in Minnetonka, and I thought it would be fun to join her to learn the fundamentals. So today is our first of five lessons, and I picked up a few things to fit in and feel (however falsely) capable.

I think 7 years in a Catholic school uniform maxed me out on polos for the rest of my life—and that traditional golf look feels a little too cheesy/Baby Boomer for me. Instead I filled my cart with loose tanks and simple skorts that I can also wear to brunch, the grocery store or drinks after our lessons. New shoes were also a necessity—my current ones are so worn-down (and dusty from last week's kickball game)—and I love the slip-on, laid-back vibe of these. Looking ahead, I'll probably add a long-sleeve, jacket and vest into the mix, but this is a solid start for summer. Have a great Tuesday! 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fourth of July Style

We just booked a few days on the North Shore for the Fourth of July! It's my goal to take more quick trips close to home this summer—it's tempting to hop a plane whenever we want to get away, but there are so many cool places within driving distance that I don't want to miss! I've never been to the Grand Marais area and have always wanted to see that part of Minnesota, so I can't wait! We're staying at a little place overlooking Lake Superior and plan to do some casual hiking and exploring for a couple days. If you have any must-dos for eating, drinking and adventuring, send 'em over!

Besides planning our itinerary, I've of course been planning what to wear. Punching up cutoffs with a fun red, white or blue top is the easiest, chill-est way to do the Fourth. I love this striped off-shoulder blouse because of the smocking (so hot now, btw). It's so annoying when off-shoulder tops don't stay where they're supposed to, and this one does! Wrap a silk scarf around your wrist for a little extra flair. If you want to slip into something nicer after a long day on the water (is there anything better?), I love a wide-leg linen jumpsuit or sweet ruffled dress. Whatever you wear, make tassel-star earrings the finishing touch. Oh. Em. Gee. These are the cutest!!! I love them with a washed red top for a tonal look, but they would be darling with white or blue, too. Talk about starry-eyed...

Jumpsuit | Earrings (on sale) 
Scarf (on sale) | Tie-Waist Shorts 

What are you doing for the Fourth?
Click through to shop more perfectly patriotic looks!
(Have you been wearing Cupcakes & Cashmere? I for sure need the white camisole.)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tuxedo Bow Shell

I bought this blouse to wear to date nights and happy hours—and I'll definitely wear it for those occasions with skinny jeans and a fun heel. But I'm all about keeping a dressier top in the mix even when you're kicking it low-key. The contrast of this girly top's tuxedo vibes with destructed cutoffs and casual sneaks is pleasantly unexpected. It works, right?! Bows and ruffles and other feminine details are everywhere right now, and since this guy has two, I had to have it! I can't wait to fancy it up now that I've done the weekend version. No reason not to max out something this sweet.

Blouse: Ann Taylor (and a peplum version from J.Crew)
I like mine because it's machine washable!

Shorts: American Eagle—stretchy and comfy! 
Sneakers: Nordstrom—wearing these everywhere! 
(Oh, they're Kate Middleton's fave, too.)

Friday, June 2, 2017

The Elusive Day Dress

Hi, guys! I'm writing this while snacking on my fifth or sixth bowl of Angie's popcorn (sweet & salty all the way), so if you have any secrets for slowing the addiction, send 'em over! Anyway, happy Friday!! We kicked off holiday at Evereve yesterday which is typical for retail, but also kinda crazy (and starting my weekend off on an anxious note because I only have a few days to pop out three campaign concepts). Sitting at my desk, I can hear a lawn mower and see people passing by on bikes, so getting myself to think faux fur and gift guides is challenging. Hopefully I'll have some lightbulb moments over the weekend while, ironically, basking in all things summer.

When you can't turn work off (like me), an effortless dress takes at least a little of the stress away. Slip one on and you're out the door—instant outfit, zero brain cells required. The best thing about the Ann Taylor Ruffle Shift is that it pulls double duty. Clean and classic, it's easily dressed up or down with different shoes—I can wear it to work with flat mules, to a brewery with Supergas, or to a bridal shower with espadrilles. There's a bit of structure in the elevated-feeling fabric, the ruffle sleeves have just the right amount of flare and there's a cute keyhole detail in the back. It's going to be 90 degrees today and tomorrow so I'll definitely be wanting an outfit with some airflow. Have a good weekend! 

Dress: Ann Taylor (also in stripe) | Bracelets: Bauble Bar 
Earrings: Anthropologie | Ear Cuff: Shopbop

P.S. The ANN TAYLOR DRESS EVENT is happening now—
perfect time to pick up a few summery dresses for yourself on sale!
($50 off with code RSVP through Monday, June 5)

Also loving all of Gap's effortless t-shirt dresses